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What is the purpose of slating a take when recording a CD? For example, the producer might say:

"Song A", Take 16, from measure 53.

  • Note, when this is done, it's almost always accompanied by someone taking notes about each take, including all the details and settings like mic position, amp settings, etc. Having a way to connect the written notes on the take with the audio from that take is required if those written notes are to be useful. – Todd Wilcox Jun 26 '16 at 15:01
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To identify it when constructing the final mix. Not much point in deciding "that was a good one!" if you can't find it later!

  • To add another "simple" point, it's improbable that during the recording session anybody will be splitting up the takes into separate audio files with meaningful names - better to just leave the recorders running and catch everything. That sort of grunt work can wait till later. – user19146 Jun 27 '16 at 1:43

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